Phuket Festivals

Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival is held from the first through the ninth nights of the ninth Chinese lunar month; that is, in September or October.

It was first celebrated in 1825, when a troupe of actors enacted these rites toward off a plague. Vegetarian food is eaten by participants and white clothes worn during the period of the fest. Self utilization is practiced by those whose bodies become the temporary residence of powerful gods.

Parades of worshippers brave fireworks while carrying images through the street; others walk on fire or climb bladed ladders. Participants number in the thousands. The whole forms one of the most bizarre festivals in Thailand.

Turtle Release Fair

Turtle Release

Held on Songkran, the nationwide Thai water festival, on April 13. It is also the National Fisherman’s Day. Baby turtles are released into the sea at various locations.

Season Opening Festival

Season Opening

Usually called the Patong Carnival in English according to from the place where celebrations occur, and is held on November 1.

There are many stalls with merchandise and food, parades, sports event, and a beauty competition for foreign tourists. The fest is held to cement solidarity among the government, the private business sector, and the people.

Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival

Held around May yearly, is designed to publicize the delicious seafood of Phuket and attract visitors during the rainy season.

Activities include a Marine Tourism Resources Parade, seafood stalls, demonstrations of regional cuisines and cultural shows.

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